Barcelona is the city of Gaudí’s masterpieces, it’s the city of Mediterranean beaches, and it’s a city where Spanish and Catalan heritage blend in together. One of the most beautiful, vibrant and architecturally interesting places in the world is also one of the most alternative and creative ones. A great deal of Barcelona’s walls are being used as a medium for communication and as artistic canvases, while the underground urban culture is a kind of a city’s landmark.
Tourists from all over the world come to enjoy the city, and they join a number of tours to see the most popular sights. But how do you feel about doing something different? How do you feel about getting to know the alternative Barcelona? How do you feel about checking out the creative underground scene? How do you feel about experiencing the real city vibe? How do you feel about a free alternative tour?
Since the city became a major hot-spot for alternative culture in the 90’s, the underground scene kept growing at a fast pace, making Barcelona nothing less than a mecca for street artists, skaters, musicians and everybody who feels the need to express themselves in all kinds of alternative ways. Original Barcelona Tours offers an authentic free alternative tour which makes you experience the city in a totally different, edgy way. On this unusual and super fun tour you duck between alleyways and explore the city’s mysterious corners. You discover Barcelona’s underground local treasures and visit alternative neighborhoods. You go on a street art and graffiti hunt, and check out the influential skateboard scene. You hear about the city’s urban legends, stories and myths. You learn about the underground art and music history, and about the coolest cafes, bars, tapas places and markets.
The 2.5 – 3 hour tour is provided by the people that know the city as the back of their hands and can make you experience the vibrant, alternative scene first hand. The meeting point is next to the horse at the beginning of La Rambla at Placa Catalunya (Monument a Francesc Macià, Placa de Catalunya 4, 08002 Barcelona, Spain), and the tour meets everyday at 14.30.
If the underground scene really interests you, another cool thing to do in Barcelona is joining the street art workshop. The awesome guides firstly take you on a 1.5 hour tour of the city’s alternative scene where you get to see major works by famous street artists, and learn about the different styles used to create street art. After the tour you head down to the workshop where you learn about tags, styles and graffiti writing; stencils, pate up and tile work; and you get to create a street art piece which you can take home! The price for attending the workshop is just 15€ per person.
Whether you’re interested in the free alternative tour or the street art workshop booking online is recommended. If you’re looking for similar experience in other European cities check out Original Europe Tours.